We live in a rural area; it's all small towns around here. We raise a lot of our own food, and we know where much of the rest of what we eat comes from. I've lived on both coasts and in big cities, but decided the "Green Acres" lifestyle definitely suits me.
Currently I work in a factory that makes automotive components, but I have worked in food service in the past - everything from prep work to line cook to fryer cook to waiting tables and clean up.
My favorite things to cook
Breads, pies, my version of KFC coleslaw. I have several Mexican recipes I obtained when I worked in a Mexican restaurant owned by a native of Zacatecas.
Homestyle comfort foods like meatloaf and fried chicken. Love to try anything new when barbecuing! And there is no such thing as bad Italian or Greek food, IMO.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas was always a big deal at my paternal grandmother's; I still have some of her recipes but none of my family care for the plum pudding with hard sauce or homemade mincemeat.
My cooking triumphs
Oldest son wrestled at State; in Iowa this is a big deal. Each year after the season was finished there would be a banquet for the wrestlers, most of whom had been starving themselves for 3 months or better in order to make weight.
I always made a huge pan of my special barbecued meatballs and a large crockpot full of my hashbrowns and cheese casserole. The team always snarfed up every bit of it and I was expected to make these same two dishes every year.
My cooking tragedies
1.)First year my husband and I were married he went hunting and came back with pheasant. I made pheasant breasts with white wine sauce - one of my mother's recipes. Then I found out he hates the taste and smell of wine. Ever since, whenever I try out a new dish, I'm sure to hear: "This isn't going to be like that pheasant, is it?"
2.)I've tried baking brownies after forgetting to add the flour. I can tell you the result is a mess, but 8 year old boys will still take that pan and a spoon out on the back porch and eat it all.
3.) Divinity. To this day I still can't make the stuff. I've even killed a mixer trying!